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When Will South African Join Star Alliance?  
User currently offlineUnitedRhapsody From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6753 times:

I have a coworker who is planning a vacation to Johannesburg. He is planning this route: SFO-JFK-JNB.

The SFO-JFK leg being SA)">UA, the JFK-JNB leg, being South African.

The SFO-JFK leg would be UA16, and the JFK-JNB would be SA204.
He will have approx. 90 minutes to connect.

He was wondering that, because SA is planning to join Star Alliance soon, how easy the connection process will be (as far as transfer of baggege and ease of ticketing).

This trip is happening in late May 2005, will SA have joined Star by then?

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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5012 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6741 times:

I thought it already had joined... maybe I'm wrong, but I've heard all this hubbub about SA starting JNB-IAD service because of UA's hub and Star Alliance connections.

Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6698 times:

The latest information is late 2005 or even early 2006 for official join date as a partner.
SA apparently has several large integration problems with I.T. and systems as well as a finicky Governmental anti-competition process to overcome.
They only just signed a MOU committing to join "within a year" a week or so before Xmas.
Having said all that, if UA and SA have interline baggage agreements, then the bags should be able to be tagged all the way through, leaving only the collection of boarding pass from SA at JFK to be completed.
From AvDaily on Dec 22 :
"However, SAA faces some technology and regulatory hurdles before it joins Star. It hopes to become a member by the end of next year."

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6689 times:

Both SAA's and StarAlliance's websites mention 2005, but either I missed it or they really didn't mention a month... anyhow, I think I heard something around March/April...

Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8596 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6669 times:
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This is becoming almost as bad as "when will NW retire their DC-9s"

If anyone does know they are keeping quiet about it.

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6832 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6673 times:

I'd go with AI's reply: late 2005 or early 2006. Certainly not before Oct05.


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